The more we grow, the more we need trailblazing doers like Sarah Blemker to continue to develop our operational infrastructure and enable our client engagements to go smoothly and efficiently. We are so excited to welcome her as our newest Project Manager!
A little bit about Sarah…
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in a Market Research household. My father started his own MR firm in 1983 and I went to work for him after I graduated from Indiana University. I quickly realized that project management and operations was where I wanted to be, despite what he wanted me to do (sales). After he retired and sold the company I went to work for two larger Global firms (Ipsos and dunnhumby). After 10-12 years at these larger organizations, raising a daughter (now 10), and taking a few years off work I am excited to jump into The Garage Group. My daughter keeps me busy with her activities, but in my free time, I am a cheer coach, involved in a Garden Club, and needlepoint.
What is your MO?
I’m Coop, a doer, multi-tasker, and trailblazer. I have a “get it done” attitude. I can juggle a lot. I am intuitive, practical, and perceptive.
What is your work philosophy?
Work hard, make connections, build relationships internally and externally, challenge yourself, and share knowledge.
How do you apply your entrepreneurial mindset to your personal life? Tell us a story/example!
I think that being a parent requires an entrepreneurial mindset, and I find myself applying it in so many ways. My entrepreneurial mindset has enabled me to be independent and accountable, but still be scrappy, especially when acting in face of uncertainty. I think that my “doer” mentality really enables me to jump in and figure it out, even when details aren’t clear.
What does an “entrepreneurial approach to research and innovation” mean to you?
I think that entrepreneurs need to have an appetite to understand, challenge themselves and others, innovate, learn and share. By taking an entrepreneurial approach, you can quickly identify gaps and ways to improve. This is something I have always exercised and been passionate about.
What shows are you currently watching?
I watch a lot of criminal (Criminal Minds) and suspense shows (Revenge and Scandal.) I am also a big fan of Survivor.
What is your spirit animal? Why?
My spirit animal is a bird. They are independent and can see the world from above. My Dad was an avid birdwatcher and pilot and wrote books on his experiences traveling around the country birdwatching and flying his plane. Cardinals (one of his favorite) always appear at important times in my life. I believe it is him watching over me. It reminds me that I should look at the big picture, the whole picture.
What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Boxed wine is good 🙂
What’s your favorite innovation that’s come out in the past year?
I am so thankful for the innovation in the food delivery and money exchange spaces. Food delivery apps truly make my life more efficient and convenient!